Press Report: 16th – 31st October 2023

by | Nov 5, 2023 | Press Reports

Photo: Shane Lester on the finish line of the Wild Deer Ultra (photo taken by Tom Chapman)

Another fortnight of fantastic running by Quaker members – lots to celebrate including PBs, parkrun milestones, Canicross and trying out new races, events and distances as well as competing in Championship and 10k league races.

18th October: Darlington Trail Series – West Park Night Run

The final run of the Darlington Trail Series 2023, starting from the White Heifer That Travelled pub.

Jeff Marriott was first Quaker home in 29:37, followed by Ian Burgess (30:21), Shane Lester (30:28) and Linda Harrington (47:23).

Congratulations to Ian who was 8th male overall in the Darlington Trail Series.

21st October: parkruns – Darlington South Park and Albert parkrun (Middlesbrough)

At Darlington South Park, Diane Lockhart bagged herself a shiny new PB, her 5th this year and shaving another 9 seconds off her August 23 time, to finish in 26:28. Meanwhile, John Yeomans completed his 50th parkrun milestone at Albert parkrun, Middlesbrough in 27:41.

21st October: Punk Panther Dark Skies Marathon

The Nidderdale Dark Skies Trail Marathon starts at 5pm from Pateley Bridge and joins runners doing the full 55 mile Nidderdale Way along the loop to Scar House Reservoir. Set in the remote Nidderdale Area of Natural Beauty, this challenging night time trail marathon is just under 29 miles miles long with over 3800 ft of climb.

Karen Dove and Helen Clark completed the event together in 9:24.

21st October: National Fell Relays, Braithwaite

The 2023 British Athletics Fell & Hill Relay was organised by Keswick Athletics Club taking place in Braithwaite, near Keswick. The established format for the event is two shorter legs for single runners, and two longer legs for paired runners on feels accessed via private land.

Tom Chapman ran leg 3, paired navigation of 7.59 miles with 2,480 ft of elevation in 2:07 and described it as his ‘toughest run yet with 7 miles of blood, mud, heather, fells, rivers and bracken (but it was worth every moment!)’

22nd October: Leeds Abbey Dash 10k

This event takes place between Leeds city centre and Kirkstall Abbey and back on a flat course perfect for runners of all ages and levels, with a fun atmosphere that makes for a memorable day.

Brian Martin was 1st Quaker home in 46:02 followed by Diane Vaughan (47:20), Sandra Martin (53:28), Sue New (1:16) and Graham Park (1:16).

22nd October: Wild Deer Trail Ultra (50k)

Wild Deer Event’s first ever Ultra started and finished near Shotley Bridge Hospital with runners heading up the Derwent Walk and across Hownsgill Viaduct to the Waskerley Way. After a few miles around Waskerley Reservoir, Hishope Reservoir and Smiddy Shaw Reservoir they dropped down to Allensford and the Derwent River before following the Valley along to Blackhall Mill before a short climb back onto the Derwent Walk and the last 4 miles back to Shotley Bridge.

Shane Lester completed his first ultra marathon in 6:22 (3rd in age category) followed by Claire Chapman in 6:35 (2nd in age category).

22nd October: Langdale Marathon (Half Marathon also available)

The Langdale Marathon, in the Lake District, has a reputation as one of the toughest road marathons in the UK. The marathon distance is 2 laps of the half marathon course – a beautiful, challenging course set in England’s most spectacular mountain scenery. Runners follow an anti-clockwise course from Great Langdale to Little Langdale and on to the picturesque hamlets of Skelwith Bridge and Chapel Stile.

Michael Thompson finished the event in 4:55.

22nd October: 23 Oct – Whixley – 10k league

A multi-terrain run with 95% of the route off road across fields, tracks and bridal ways around Whixley and the surrounding areas.

Rob Dent finished in 8th place overall in 43:33 and 2nd in age category, followed by Rob Gillham (45:41, 2nd in age category), Katherine Hackett (48:51, 3rd in age category), Lou Trainor (48:58, 2nd in age category), April Corbett (54:23), Darren Alderson (56:25), John Harrison (57:57), Anthony Corbett (59:06), Helen Clark (59:54), John Yeomans (1:01), Diane Lockhart (1:04) and Ross Edmond (1:06).

22nd October: Northumberland Castles Half Marathon – Championship race

The course consists of a loop of closed roads between the Bamburgh/North Sunderland – slightly undulating with lots of flat sections in the beautiful Northumberland countryside, with some views out to the Farne Islands and Holy Island and the North Sea.

Steve Snook finished the race in 1:45 (2nd in age category).

28th October: parkruns – Albert (Middlesbrough), Burnley, Fell Foot (Newby Bridge), Cotsford Fields, Hamsterley Forest and Darlington, South Park

Johnathan Eccles celebrated his first trip to Albert parkrun with a PB of 22:06, shaving 10 seconds of his previous PB from last month whilst Michael Thompson celebrated his 50th parkrun milestone at Burnley, finishing in 23:29. At Fell Foot parkrun (Newby Bridge) David Aiken finished in 6th place overall in 19:49; Rebacca Dodd was 3rd lady finisher in 29:46 at Cotsford Fields and at Hamsterley Forest, Dave Jones was 5th finisher overall in 22:42. Closer to home, at Darlington South Park, Dawn Richardson was 2nd lady finisher in 20:11.

28th October: Endurance Life North Yorkshire Ultra (10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Marathon available)

Wholly located within the National Park, and utilising sections of the Cleveland Way, this area is superbly suited to trail running. The courses are rich and varied with reminders to Yorkshire’s fine heritage all around – from the dry stone walls and disused railway lines, to the hardy sheep flocks up on the moors.

Scott Beaumont completed the Ultra event (34 miles and over 4000ft of ascent) in 7:08 (3rd in age category) whilst Emily Beaumont completed the Half Marathon route (15 miles and just under 2000ft of elevation) in 3:11.

29th October: Traildog Lapdog Canicross Event

This event was postponed from March this year and took place at Druridge Bay. Competitors could take place as individuals or as a team relay, completing as many of the 3.3 mile laps as they wanted. Despite the torrential rain and flooding on the course, Alex Mathers (dressed as Frankenstein) and his dog completed 10k distance in 40:52.

29th October: Wistow 10k

The Wistow 10K is organised by Selby Striders. The course is almost entirely flat, boasting a mere 11m elevation across its length, offering an opportunity for a genuine personal best.

Diane Vaughan completed the race in 47:29, followed by John Harrison in 54:52, bagging himself a new 10k PB, knocking over 2 minutes off his previous PB.

30th October: Muddy Roads Halloween 5km at HMP Kirk Levington, Yarm

The 5km course is flat and a mix of all terrains, featuring only 34 meters of elevation. The trail leads runners through the mysterious woodland area then into the grounds of HMP Kirklevington Grange Prison. Runners were warned to ‘Be vigilant—keep your eyes open, or you may find yourself an unexpected guest for the night!’

Lou Trainor was first Quaker to finish in 29:55 (1st in age category) followed by Darren Alderson (32:19, 1st in age category),  Ian Burgess (33:17, 2nd in age category), Rob Gillham (34:22), Helen Clark (34:22), Anthony Corbett (34:43), April Corbett (34:44, 2nd in age category), Diane Lockhart (34:44, 3rd in age category), Julie Whinn (35:13, 1st in age category), John Yeomans (35:44, 3rd in age category), John Whinn (35:44), Sandra Cass (37:00), Ruth Hawkins (37:44), Sue Sparrow (37:45), Helen Clarke (37:50), Hannah Alderson (37:51), and Lisa Alderson (52:28).

Congratulations to Rob Gillham who won Overall best costume of the event!